Presentation on theme: "Office of the Ombudsperson OMBUDSING SKILLS October 2013 Doris Campos-Infantino and Camilo Azcarate."— Presentation transcript:
Office of the Ombudsperson OMBUDSING SKILLS October 2013 Doris Campos-Infantino and Camilo Azcarate
Alternative Dispute Resolution Time and Resources Needed to Resolve Disputes Informal Discussion Negotiation Facilitation Conciliation ENE Mediation Fact Finding Mini Trial Non-binding Arbitration Binding Arbitration Admin Adjudication Court Litigation Parties Act Alone Neutral Assists Parties Non-Party Decision maker Dispute Resolution Processes 2
An independent, confidential, informal, and impartial resource to help employees address work-related issues Supplements regular channels by providing informal, confidential assistance in resolving concerns, problems, or conflicts without the need for a complaint or required procedures to follow Assists with a wide range of issues and disputes that emerge in the workplace, using a variety of conflict resolution methods (e.g., coaching, conciliation, facilitated discussions) Monitors trends that arise out of casework to contribute to the early detection of institutional issues of potential significance 3 What is an Organizational Ombudsperson?
OMB Office Casework Listening –Asking open-ended, neutral questions –Summarizing, clarifying, understanding underlying interests Coaching –Exploring resolution options, guidance about ways to communicate in a difficult situation Conflict resolution –Negotiation, mediation, facilitated discussion, shuttle diplomacy Informal fact gathering –Informal inquiry (not investigation), accessing policy Facilitating communication with administrative offices regarding issues, concerns 4
Clarify Ombuds Role Identify Concerns Root Causes Define Desired Outcome Identify Possible Resolution Options Inquirer Chooses Process Ombuds Facilitates Process (sometimes involves other parties) Inquirer Acts Independently Inquirer Evaluates Outcome Satisfied – Terminates Work with Ombuds Dissatisfied – Seeks Other Resources for Resolution Dissatisfied – Takes No Further Action Dissatisfied – Continues Work with Ombuds Inquirer Learns of Ombuds Office Inquirer Contacts Ombuds Office Inquirer/Ombuds Meet/Speak
Ombuds Skills Active listening Issue identification Micro-focus Factual analysis Clarifying Summarizing Reality-testing Macro-focus Systems thinking Pattern and trend identification 7